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Russian foreign intelligence chief feels 'breath of Cold War'

Moscow, 5 September: Intelligence services of some Western countries are increasingly often using methods of the Cold War era and interfering in the affairs of sovereign states, the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Army Gen Sergey Lebedev, said.

"Of late, the activities of some foreign special services have been increasingly showing signs of a return to the Cold War. The examples of their interference in the internal affairs of sovereign countries by organizing various 'colour revolutions' are illustrative," he said in an interview to be published in the next issue of the Moskovskiye Novosti newspaper, dated 7-13 September.

"The breath of Cold War can be felt both in funding and in the use by foreign intelligence services of various non-governmental organizations and foundations," Lebedev said in the interview, excerpts from which have been published in a report by the Foreign Intelligence Service press bureau.

The press release says that "in his interview the head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service analyses changes in the activities of intelligence services over the past 15-20 years and discusses cooperation between special services in the face of new threats such as international terrorism, illegal drug circulation, transnational crime and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction".

"The publication in the Moskovskiye Novosti, entitled 'Intelligence as the way of life' (Russian: "V razvedke nado zhit"), S. Lebedev also reveals the system of requirements a modern member of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service has to satisfy," the press bureau reports.